Kevin Kruse
Kevin Kruse
Concept Artist, Illustrator, and Storyteller
Los Angeles, United States of America


Kevin Kruse


My greatest drive is to provide artwork rich in both originality and narrative depth with a fundamental interest in communicating important themes and unspoken truths.


Freelance Visual Development Artist, Powerhouse Animation Studios | June 2020 –– August 2020 –– Netflix animated series
- Designed high-priority characters, creatures, and props for TV series with an emphasis on Hindu mythology and Indian
- Communicated frequently with client to discuss objective/vision in order to form thorough understanding of tasks and fulfill
client’s needs.
- Unpacked prompts and conducted detailed research to better inform designs.
- Worked closely with client to refine submitted artwork; discussed drawings and provided revisions based on client feedback.
- Provided detailed, full-color artwork of assets at each level of development, from rough sketches to finished digital

• Grading Team Member, Watts Atelier of the Arts; Encinitas, CA | 2018 –– 2019
- Analyzed and critiqued student work at all skill levels to promote artistic growth and progress
- Provided in-depth feedback and assigned grades
- Specialized in head construction and form rendering

• Creative Assistant, Anomaly Productions; Laguna Hills, CA | Jan 2017 –– Aug 2017
- Staged and arranged scenes for comic book frames
- Posed characters, creatures, and props for effective and compelling storytelling
- Handled, sculpted, and modified 3D assets in ZBrush for use in Poser software
- Sketched and conceptualized characters for studio merchandise

• Photographer’s Assistant, Smith Photography; San Clemente, CA | Summer 2015
- Assisted photographer on-site for exterior and interior commercial shoots
- Transported and arranged lighting equipment, scene decor, and camera electronics
- Assisted in scene arrangement and shoot preparation/execution

Concept Design Academy | Pasadena, CA 2020 –– present
Brainstorm | Burbank, CA 2019 –– present
- Goal: Refine Skills and focus on entertainment art, design, and portfolio development
- Focus on hard-surface design, character design, and visual storytelling

Watts Atelier of The Arts | Encinitas, CA 2017 — 2020
- Goal: Create strong foundation in traditional drawing, painting, and figurative art
- Intensive study of the figure, head, and traditional oil painting

Saddleback College; Mission Viejo, CA | 2014 –– 2016
- Emphasis on environmental science/ecology


- Adept in Adobe Photoshop; sketching, painting, and graphic design
- Rapid sketching and conceptualization for design and story
- Idea generation and story development, including research and writing
- Highly capable and motivated to work in team-based environment
- Effective communicator; speaking, writing, and presenting
- Adept in photography and staged lighting; handling cameras and editing photos

Software proficiency

Adobe Lightroom
Adobe Lightroom